Ever wonder why a cheeseburger in Ohio tastes the same in Utah? Your cup of coffee has the same kick in St. Louis as it did in Santa Fe? Look no further than Fred Harvey and the "Harvey girls".
Stephen Fried’s wonderful book, Appetite for America examines the westward expansion of the railroad through the life and legacy of Fred Harvey. Known to some as the “founding father of the nation's service industry”, Harvey saw railroads as more than transportation. The growing needs of workers and tourists required a better quality of amenities. Harvey was happy to accomodate. From humble beginnings, he transformed the landscape of America’s eateries featuring clean restaurants, efficient service, and a cup of coffee that tasted the same no matter which depot you stopped at.
It is a fascinating tale of one man's desire to provide a civilized place to eat and how it became so much more. All aboard!